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TSMO Guidebook

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The mission of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is to provide the easy movement of people and goods by making the system work better and improving safety. Fundamental to achieving that mission is ODOT’s Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Program. TSMO is an evidence-based process for identifying issues and applying the most effective countermeasures. This Guidebook covers that process. The intended audiences include ODOT’s Office of Traffic Operations, Office of Traffic Management, Districts and consultants supporting efforts to improve safety and mobility throughout Ohio.

The objective of a TSMO Study is to develop a high-level assessment of needs and solutions. The study results are then used in the prioritization process. This leads to funding the most effective improvements.

A basic TSMO Study must clearly outline the issues and present alternative improvements (not just a single idea). The expectation is for roughly eight to 12 person-hours of effort to prepare. For those familiar with ODOT Safety Studies, this is analogous to an “abbreviated” study, versus a “full” study. While there is no requirement to produce a “full” TSMO Study, there are no arbitrary restrictions on the volume of additional alternatives or analyses that may be included in a TSMO Study.


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